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Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair

by The sweethearts Foundation
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Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Help Gift Disabled South Africans a Wheelchair
Karabo's wheelchair was 100% Funded
Karabo's wheelchair was 100% Funded

It's been a while since we last sent out a report, and for that, we truly apologize! While we've been quiet in updating you, we have been busy with doing what we love the most, helping those who need our help the most! 

Its 2020, and we've got big things coming up in the year! For now, let's take a look at what has happened over the last couple of months! 

October and November 2019 were very busy months for the foundation. We geared up for our annual 12 Days of Christmas Wheelchairs fundraiser in which we highlight beneficiaries who are in desperate need of wheelchairs. The goal of the 12 days is to fundraise enough for all beneficiaries and in 2019, we hit the highest amount donated ever! 

We received over R 100 000.00 in funds which will all be used to help our beneficiaries! 

During our Christmas Campaign, we raised funds for Lanne, Jolette, Karabo, and Ofentse! We have one remaining beneficiary, Dannette, who we are still raising funds for! 

The support and response we received during this fundraiser was incredible, and we give thanks to each and every donor who donated small and large amounts towards each beneficiary. Without your help, we would not be able to provide the Gift of Movement to our wonderful beneficaries! 

Wishing all our donors and supporters a prosperous New Year! Thank you for everything you continue to do for us! 

With love, 

The sweethearts Foundation

Lanne's wheelchair is 100% Funded
Lanne's wheelchair is 100% Funded
Ofentse's wheelchair is 100% Funded
Ofentse's wheelchair is 100% Funded
Jolette's wheelcahir is 100% Funded
Jolette's wheelcahir is 100% Funded

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No matter the size of a contribution, every little bit goes a long way in helping someone receive the Gift of Movement. 

We have so many sweethearts who say "I have a shopping bag of #Tops&Tags" and even more who say "my garage is full, come help us". The feeling is the same when hearing from both types of sweethearts, excitement. People must think we are weird, getting excited about trash and plastic. But, as every sweetheart will know, we're not crazy, we're just passionate!

It's been a busy few months since our last report, but the good news continues to spread!

We’ve been inundated with emails, calls and messages of passionate sweethearts who are as excited and happy as Peter (Pictured) to handover their #Tops&Tags. As always, it doesn’t matter how many you collect, as long as you are collecting!

We celebrated Mandela Month 2019 in the month of July. It’s our most favorite time of the year, where all South African’s rally together to pledge their 67 minutes to helping someone in need, be it an individual or a charity.

Welekazi, Ndkeka and Nomgambula all received their much needed wheelchairs with the help of our friends at Rotary Sunrise of Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

Now, the next story might be a bit of a tear-jerker, so grab a tissue just in case! To end off our #MandelaMonth initiative, we handed over three much-needed wheelchairs to three young beneficiaries. These wheelchairs are particularly special and has quite a back story. A wonderful lady named Ncumisa Sam volunteered in on a settlement in Vosloorus. While delivering food parcels to the families, she met Bongiwe and became aware of her needs.

The sweethearts Foundation work according to a Wheelchair Waiting List, and by the time we reached Bongiwe on our list, we tried to make contact with Ncumisa, but sadly found out that she has passed away. Before she passed away, she had registered two more beneificiaries, Thulisile and Anele. We were given the opportunity to honor Ncumisa, her charity work and finally fulfill her wish to help these three wonderful beneficiaries.

These wheelchairs would not have been possible without the support and help of a few of our special volunteers. First, to the Johannesburg Mini Council, whose tireless efforts do not go unnoticed. To Jessica and Yvonne, our JHB Manager and Beneficiary and Wheelchair Manager who sorted out all the logistics and arrangements. To Bronson, our champion, for running all his KMs every single month and introducing The sweethearts Foundation to Ningiza Horner & Associates and for their donation of R20000.00. To our trusted wheelchair specialists and manufacturers, Kat and CE Mobility - The wheelchair and seating specialists, a sweethearty thank you.

 And last, but not least, to our beloved Ncumisa. May you rest easy knowing your wish came true

Please continue to support our worthy foundation. Without you, all our success would not be possible. We thrive because you continue to give, and for that, we can’t be more thankful. Continue to help those who can’t help themselves. Continue to give the Gift of Movement!

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Fiso needs our help!
Fiso needs our help!

Hello friends and fellow sweethearts, 

It's been a while since we last wrote and we apologise...! It's been a busy 2019 so far and we've had a lot of change (which is good, right)!

Even though we've be quiet we have not stopped doing what we love best and here's a small recap for you...

Every December we host a fundraiser called "12 Days of Christmas". The point of this is to try raise a lot of money to help fund 12 wheelchairs for people who have been waiting a long time to be helped. (Right now our waiting list is 52 beneficiaries long with 3 beneficiaries currently being helped as we speak (each case is special and we ensure that occupational therapists review each case to ensure we provide the best wheelchair for the specific needs). 

Anyway back to 12 Days of Christmas 2018... We recently provided Geraldo, Descent and Nkonzo specialised wheelchairs. 

Nkonzo was first highlighted in the 2017 version of our 12 Days of Christmas campaign and sadly we weren’t able to raise the funds needed for his wheelchair (+/- $4000 or R60 000). Fast forward to last Christmas where we managed to finally fully fund his forever wheelchair!

Nkonzo’s wheelchair was manufactured in South Africa but had parts from America (thats how specialised it can get). Bronson, an amazing volunteer, who, has been running 100 km a month for the last year or so to raise funds for us covered the shortall with his efforts and handed over this much needed wheelchair to Nkonzo!

Next on our list to help is Fiso, an amazingly, bright and sweet young man from Kwa-Zulu Natal! Please help us help Fiso so that he can back to school. 

Fiso with his new mattress
Fiso with his new mattress
Kids collecting Tops and Tags from Fiso's village
Kids collecting Tops and Tags from Fiso's village
Thank you letter from Fiso to YOU!
Thank you letter from Fiso to YOU!

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39.5 TONS OF TOPS | 12.2 TONS OF TAGS 295 WHEELCHAIRS | 51 COLLECTION POINTS

Can you believe that #MandelaMonth is over? We sure can't! The entire month was filled with excitement and sweethearts spread far and wide all played their part in uplifting the lives of others! In true Madiba spirit, we handed over 12 wheelchairs!

Thank you to all our sweethearts for helping us make this possible and for driving our #67TopsAndTags initiative! It was a resounding success thanks to you!

BE THE CHANGE, GIVE THE GIFT OF MOVEMENT

In honouring Women's Month, we want to celebrate everyone who has contributed time, sweat, and even tears to our cause - especially the ladies. You’re an important part of the foundation and it’s because of you that we are able to give wheelchairs to those in need! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Did you know that The sweethearts Foundation was founded by three women? Deanna, Karen and Leigh joined hands and handed over the first ever wheelchair to a lady named Dora Williams.

This Women's Month our goal is to help Ronel who has been waiting patiently for her very own wheelchair. Ronel’s story is heartbreaking to say the least. She literally went from being ablebodied to needing 24-hour care overnight. She was finally diagnosed with Transverse Mylitus, located in C6/C7, which has permanently paralyzed her legs, hands and arms.

During rehab, Ronel met the man of her dreams - Thinus. Ronel later developed septicemia and gangrene up to her 5th vertebra due to poor care. Thinus decided he couldn't trust anyone else to care for Ronel and took over. Thinus does everything he can to help Ronel, even typing her text messages. A happy twist to the story is that Thinus asked Ronel to be his wife! She of course said yes, but unfortunately, due to limited funds, they decided to postpone their wedding and first ensure that all of Ronel’s needs are taken care of.

Ronel requires a specialised electric wheelchair. These wheelchairs are extremely costly, but with your help, your generous donations and every single Top and Tag, we can help Ronel “walk” down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams! During the 12 Days of Christmas fundraiser we raised R6000 for Ronel and need to find the shortfall of R25 000! Can you help us?

BRONSON HAS PLEDGED TO RUN 100km FOR RONEL!

Bronson, an avid sweetheart, runs the kilometers every month which are sponsored by friends and family! Bronson's efforts have already helped Nhlanhla and Pamela, two of our 12 Days of Christmas beneficiaries and now he is going to help Ronel! Go Bronson!

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Mrs Zeelie Gets Her Wheels
Mrs Zeelie Gets Her Wheels

The sweethearts Foundation has been around since 2013, that makes us 5 years old and in 5 years we've accomplished a lot. We couldn't have done it without the support of you, our generous donor, our friends and family, and most of all, our beneficiaries. 

The saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure" resonates with us on so many levels. Where someone might see a bottle top as nothing but waste, we see it as gold. Where one might see a bread tag as something that merely closes a loaf of bread, we see it as something that is going to change the life of someone else. 

Take for example, the story of Mrs Zeelie from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Mrs Zeelie is a pensioner, who spends her days watching the outside world go-by. She does this from a chair in her lounge. Her husband, who is also a pensioner, helps her move around her home. She never leaves the house, because sadly, she's been waiting for a wheelchair for years. 

Mrs Zeelie had a need. It was a wheelchair. And thanks to you, her dream for a wheelchair became a reality. After years of patiently waiting, Mrs Zeelie can ride around in her very own wheelchair and experience the world she's been missing out on. 

It's as simple as collecting the lonely bottle top or bread tag on the floor and saving them for someone in need. 

Your continued donations are like the meaningless pieces of plastic people see lying on the floor, they are gold. Donations are 100% used to purchase the wheelchair for the little boy who needs one, or the little girl who has been waiting for years. Your generoisty knows no bounds and it helps people like Mrs Zeelie, who so desperately needed it. 

You are important. You are beautiful. You are a sweetheart!

Let's keep the wheels rolling!



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The sweethearts Foundation

Location: Johannesburg - South Africa
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Twitter: @wheelchair4love
Project Leader:
Leigh Ferreira
Johannesburg, South Africa
$4,583 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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